Concordia Academy Says 1999 Graduate Wounded in Las Vegas Shooting

October 02, 2017 05:09 PM

A Roseville high school says a graduate was among those wounded in Sunday night's mass shooting in Las Vegas.

A gunman on the 32nd floor of a hotel-casino opened fire on a country music festival going on below, killing at least 59 people in the deadliest mass shooting U.S. history.


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More than 527 are injured. According to a post on the school's Facebook page, that includes 1999 Concordia Academy graduate Philip Aurich.

The post Monday morning said Aurich is out of surgery and in critical condition.

His brother Ben Aurich said Phil was shot in the stomach area and has a ruptured diaphragm. So far, doctors have had to remove his spleen and part of his colon. 

Since the shooting last night, Ben Aurich said his brother has had one surgery, but would likely have another later Monday or Tuesday.

Pictures and videos were posted to Phil's Facebook page early Monday with the comment: "Tonight is one of those nights you won't soon forget."

Concordia Academy principal Tim Berner said Phil now lives in Las Vegas and loves country music. So it's no surprise he was attending the concert.

"When you first hear about something like this it's sheer horror, but then when you hear it's someone you know, taught, and love, it just cuts to the core," Berner said. "It's really hard." 

Berner remembers teaching Phil in high school, and knows past and current families will be holding the Aurich family close in prayer.

"Our mission is that people know the hope that is in Jesus, and I have no doubt their (Aurich) family and all that love them are leaning on that hope right now," he said.

Phil's father, Mike Aurich, is a longtime teacher at Concordia Academy, as well as a coach and athletic director.  In fact, the football stadium is named after him.  

All four Aurich sons, including Phil, played football there.


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